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Old April 15th, 2016 Apr 15, 2016 10:29:52 PM -   #1 (permalink)
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Default Sublimation printing on dark garments?

Does anyone have success with sublimation printing on dark color garments? I tried one and nothing was visible. On white it always works perfect. Someone mentioned to do a white sublimation on the area on the dark shirt and then do a colored sublimation.

I wanted to get your advice on how you do sublimation on the dark colored fabric??
 
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Default Re: Sublimation printing on dark garments?

You have to start with a light shirt, And sublimate the whole thing dark, except where you want your light image.
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To make sure of your clothing,if it is pure cotton,you need use Dark t-shirt transfer paper and light t-shirt transfer paper respectively for dark clothing and light cotton clothing.If it is not cotton,sublimation paper is You'd better a grease paper attached on the transfer paper when using heat press machine.We are sublimation paper manufacturer. ink-sublimation
 
 
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Default Re: Sublimation printing on dark garments?

*Sublimation is for polyester only.

*Sublimation is a dye process, therefore it is designed for white and light colors only.

*When sublimating colors, the colors in your transfer will take on the color of the fabric and alter your final color after pressing.

*You can sublimate medium to darker colors if you're doing a black only transfer and still make it look good... but it's black on your color of fabric. This should be considered in your design.

*There is no such thing as white sublimation ink.
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Default Re: Sublimation printing on dark garments?

Yes , sublimation print is suitable For polyester fabric , mainly light color polyester fabric .
Print on dark t-shirts You can use digital print . silkscreen print . discharge print , heat transfer ...
 
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Default Re: Sublimation printing on dark garments?

What you can do is contact a screen printing company and have them make custom transfers only. A nice opague ink will work on light and dark tshirts.
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Default Re: Sublimation printing on dark garments?

Sublimation print is for mainly light color polyester fabric.
 
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Default Re: Sublimation printing on dark garments?

Dark materials have already been dyed. you cannot re-dye them. you cannot change black paper to yellow either just by drawing with a yellow pen.
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Default Re: Sublimation printing on dark garments?

While a white shirt is always best you can dye sub on colored shirts. Check out this blog post with photos and video illustrating an experiment I did that involved sublimating on to various colors of fabric
https://headfirstprinting.com/dye-su...ors-of-fabric/
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Default Re: Sublimation printing on dark garments?

I cant remember the tool, but you can do it in photoshop without wasting materials. We use it when clients want to know how their end product will come out.
 
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Default Re: Sublimation printing on dark garments?

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While a white shirt is always best you can dye sub on colored shirts. Check out this blog post with photos and video illustrating an experiment I did that involved sublimating on to various colors of fabric
https://headfirstprinting.com/dye-su...ors-of-fabric/

I cant remember the tool, but you can do it in photoshop without wasting materials. We use it when clients want to know how their end product will come out.
 
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Default Re: Sublimation printing on dark garments?

Saw the Sublimation on Cotton at the AC ISS Show.

All smoking mirrors. Basically, they're using a transparent background transfer. So if you don't mind printing on a transfer you're good to go.

The demo guy played it off like it was no big deal. Awe, that's just a backing support! he said. He had a big crowd around him.

I really don't see why you wouldn't just print on a transfer, and cut the image out with a Silhouette Cameo or vinyl cutter.

Better yet, a DTG machine with white ink. I really liked the Free Jet, FreeStyle, and Neo Jet. The freeStyle doesn't do white, but it doubles as a screen exposure system. You print your design right on the coated screen with the FreeStyle DTG. Than you pull the drawer out from underneath and expose it. Than off to the wash out. You can screen print on light colors, sorry no white right now. Probably look into buying one of those three.
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Old March 15th, 2018 Mar 15, 2018 11:33:08 AM -   #13 (permalink)
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Default Re: Sublimation printing on dark garments?

Sublimation ink jet printed onto the {B} paper of IC for Dark and print the {A} paper mirror image with a white mask of the same design. Register them over a LED light table to marry them and then press the A paper to a 100% dark cotton shirt. The sublimation dyes marry to the papers coating that adheres to the cotton fibers of the shirt.
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Default Re: Sublimation printing on dark garments?

Al, if you could make a youtube video showing this process it would answer a pile of questions, would ya think about it please?
 
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Default Re: Sublimation printing on dark garments?

Yes this is over due. I have developed a transparent film to replace the {A} paper to print the white toner on it in mirror image.
This eliminates the need for a light table to register the clear transparent film over the sublimation color ink on the {B} paper when marrying the two together. The clear film peels off the {B} paper like butter making the marrying procedure a no brainer anymore.
I will make a you tube video soon now as I intend to change marketing strategy of selling with this new process.
 
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